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- 16 September 2013 00:00
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The curtain has fallen on the Sainsbury's 2013 School Games finals in Sheffield with the multi-sport event for the UK’s elite young athletes proving a huge success.
The event saw over 1,600 school children compete across 12 sports in the four-day event, which is supported by National Lottery funding from Sport England and delivered by the Youth Sport Trust.
It was England East who finished top of the leaderboard at Ponds Forge after two days of swimming competition.
Everyone in the team played their part in the team's success, but it was young disability swimming star Ryan Nicholls who was arguably stole the show as he finished with three gold medals to his name.
"It's the first time ever that I've won triple gold so I'm really proud and happy," said Nicholls, who won two silvers and a bronze at last year's Sainsbury’s School Games in London.
"There was a lot of pressure but I got it and that's all that matters.
While England East were celebrating in the swimming competition, it was the England South East team who had their hands on the team trophy at Don Valley Stadium in the athletics.
One of the stand-out performers for the team was Harry Hughes as he set a new Sainsbury's School Games record in the javelin with a throw of 69.71 metres.
Over at iceSheffield in the gymnastics, England's Giarnni Regini-Moran added to his all-around title by taking home the gold in both the men's floor and vault finals, while team-mate Catherine Lyons won all four apparatus finals to take her gold-medal tally to six for the competition.
England North claimed wheelchair basketball gold as they beat England Central 47-38 in the final at the Motorpoint Arena, while Ulster were victorious in the hockey with both their men's and women's teams taking home the gold.
In the volleyball, England South claimed both the men's and women's titles while the North West squad took home the glory in the cycling as they claimed team gold.
The event was brought to a close by a spectacular closing ceremony at Motorpoint Arena where the athletes celebrated their successes over the four days.
It was also revealed in Sheffield that Manchester will host the Sainsbury's 2014 School Games finals next year.
"The School Games - inspired by the London 2012 Games - is at the heart of our approach to getting young people participating,” said Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Maria Miller.
"I am delighted that following the success of this year's event in Sheffield the Sainsbury's 2014 School Games will be hosted in Manchester, another city passionate about sport."